The Way Home with Jeffrey Bilhuber

The Way Home with Jeffrey Bilhuber

Another reason to visit Rooms with a View this weekend is that distinguished designer and author Jeffrey Bilhuber will be at the show for a seminar and book signing.

His recently published book, The Way Home, Reflections on American Beauty has been receiving wonderful accolades. With over two hundred beautiful photographs by William Abranowicz, this volume walks us through twelve of Bilhuber’s recent projects. What makes this book unique in the crowded category of design books is that each home is presented as a story, relating the way in which the families live within the spaces and Bilhuber’s process of creating these environs.…

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Rooms with a View Inspiration – Part 3

Rooms with a View Inspiration – Part 3

I’m so excited for the Gala Preview of Rooms with a View this evening and, in anticipation, am presenting today the final group of designers. In case you haven’t noticed, they have been listed on the blog in alphabetical order, in groups of four so as not to overwhelm.

George Marshall Peters came to interior design in a less than conventional route. After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Art History from NYU, he spent several years working on archeological digs in Cyprus. During the off-seasons he dealt in 20th century design and the decorative arts, ultimately leading to a BFA from the New York School of Interior Design where he was the recipient of several prestigious awards.…

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Rooms with a View Inspiration – Part 2

Rooms with a View Inspiration – Part 2

Today we are continuing to meet the designers who will be presenting their rooms tomorrow night at the Gala Preview for Rooms with a View.

After honing his skills with such distinguished designers such as Albert Hadley, Brian McCarthy and Dennis Rolland, John Todd Bishop opened his eponymous firm in 2007. Focusing on mostly residential projects, Bishop’s wide ranging aesthetic sensibilities allow him to design across a variety of styles. Recent projects include a townhouse in Georgia, a craftsman style house in New Jersey and an apartment in Brooklyn Heights.

“Albert Hadley opened my eyes to the importance of architectural order and that the logical arrangement of furniture to respect that order as well as supply comfort in our day-to-day lives is the ultimate luxury.”

Connie Cooper has a background that informs almost all areas of the design experience – education in both interior and textile design, designing floor covering, textiles, wall covering and hand screened wallpaper books, color advising, collecting Asian arts and antiques and most recently receiving her “green designer” certification.…

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The People’s Project – Pool House & Guest Cottage

The People’s Project – Pool House & Guest Cottage

The governor’s residence includes two charming outbuildings. Closest to the main residence is a pool house. From the Philip Gorrivan designed sunroom, you can see the pool and garden through the french doors.

Designers Tricia Izzo and Carolyn Kron of Shelter Interiors were met with many challenges in renovating the now lovely pool house. The two room structure didn’t exude the same charm as the classic pool. But by combining sleek NuKitchens cabinetry with a jazzy Artistic Tile backsplash and glamorous Thibaut pattern on the ceiling, the modest kitchen is now a chic and usable space. Another wonderful Currey & Company light illuminates the room.…

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The People’s Project: The Main House

The People’s Project: The Main House

Beyond the foyer, which I have shown before, is a reception area, linking both the front and back entrances and the living and dining rooms on either sides. Previously dark and unattended, it is now a cheerful graphic segue between the other spaces. Jamie Drake, in a somewhat toned down palette from his signature exuberance, achieves this successfully by combining the Vallier Vine table skirt from his collection for Schumacher with a Safavieh rug and elegant platinum walls.

The living room is a classically elegant space and yet Susan Bednar Long has infused it with youthful touches reflecting the current residents.…

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Creative Collaboration: The People’s Project – An Introduction

Creative Collaboration: The People’s Project – An Introduction

I recently had the privilege of previewing the spectacular renovation of the historic Connecticut Governor’s Residence in Hartford. What an incredibly generous outpouring of creative collaboration this project is!! As I toured the beautiful home with Connecticut Cottages and Gardens editorial director DJ Carey, I was truly overwhelmed with a sense of pride – not only for our now beautiful state residence but also for the amount of time and effort selflessly devoted to this endeavor. All of the Connecticut based or related designers, manufactures and artisans donated their talent and wares to create an impressive home for our governor and showplace for both the public and visiting dignitaries.…

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Rooms with a View Inspiration

Rooms with a View Inspiration

In anticipation of the Rooms with a View Gala Preview next week, I thought it might be fun to meet each designer, see their original sketches and learn the answer to the question: “In your design, what is it about Mr Albert Hadley that inspires you?”


Michael Adams opened his own design firm following a decade of working for some of the most respected designers in New York. His specialty are “warm, livable, modern spaces that are personal to their owners. Recent projects have ranged from a large traditional upper East Side brownstone to three loft renovations, to a modern Palm Beach home and a residence in the Hollywood Hills.…

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Rooms with a View

Rooms with a View

Rooms with a View is one of my favorite design events in Connecticut. Conceived by iconic designer Albert Hadley 17 years ago, the popular fundraiser transforms the Southport Congregational Church into a showhouse featuring 5′ x8′ mini rooms by today’s top and up and coming designers. Last year’s show featured a start-studded who’s who in design, all of whom had worked directly with or for Hadley.

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Current design chair, local interior designer Melissa Makris, above, explained that this year’s theme, “The Next Generation,” continues to pay homage to the legendary Parish-Hadley partner. Last year’s distinguished designers have all personally recommended the group for the current show, which includes Michael Adams, Olga Adler, Sam Allen, James Andrew, John Todd Bishop, Connie Cooper, Allison Hennessy, Melissa Marcogliese, George Marshall Peters, James D.

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Royal Oak Timeless Design

Royal Oak Timeless Design

Last week I had the honor of being invited to attend the Timeless Design Gala for the Royal Oak Foundation. I love their mission and have written before about this very worthy organization. In addition to free entry to the over 300 historic houses in England, the Royal Oak also offers wonderful programs in several cities here in the states, which are so popular, many sell out well ahead of time.

The event took place at the spectacular Metropolitan Club. Formed in 1891 by J. P. Morgan, the club was designed by McKim, Mead and White in classic Renaissance Revival style.…

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Decorex Delights – Part 2

Decorex Delights – Part 2

One of the singular pieces that I was excited to see in real life at Decorex was Boca do Lobo‘s spectacular Heritage cabinet. This limited edition piece represents the Portuguese company’s artistic craftsmanship inspired by its country’s heritage. This firm is another perfect example of the merging of past and present, of respecting history and interpreting it through modern design in both style and technique.

How exquisite is the inside of this piece! Boco do Lobo has distinguished itself through excellence – their motto is “Passion is Everything” and it shows!

There were quite a few distinctive Portuguese companies exhibiting at Decorex and another of my favorites was Delightfull.…

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